Chuck & Joy Befus: Grace for the Next Generation

Chuck & Joy Befus: Grace for the Next Generation

Chuck’s father said, ‘Don’t bother to come to Costa Rica unless you’re going to commit for five years.’ So we said, ‘Well, we’ll go for five years and see how God works,’” Joy Befus ’83 says. With Chuck’s full construction business and Joy’s childcare center, the...

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Faith in the Criminal Justice Field

Faith in the Criminal Justice Field

Question & Answer with Dr. Dave Greydanus, Chair of the Criminal Justice program "I really love my Grace students because they see purpose in what they’re doing.” Dr. Dave Greydanus, Chair of the Criminal Justice program at Grace Christian University, teaches a...

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Serving Hope to the Community

Serving Hope to the Community

"They told me to ask if it was an open fist or a closed fist, and ‘Was it his left hand or his right hand?’” Merly Velasquez-Ortiz ’23 says. “I would have never thought to ask those questions.” At work, Merly sits behind bulletproof glass, wearing a shirt and a tie...

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Kyle & Hilary Vegh: Paying it Forward

Kyle & Hilary Vegh: Paying it Forward

"I was a terrible student. I hated everything to do with academics,” Professor Kyle Vegh ’15 says. “But my master’s wasn’t hard because by that point I had gone through the crucible that is Grace Christian University.” Crucible likely isn’t the word most Grace alumni...

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Transformational Relationships in the Grace Community

Transformational Relationships in the Grace Community

Question & Answer with Dr. Mat Loverin ’98, Dean and Professor of Bible & Ministry   Q: Describe Grace’s community and interactions with students inside and outside the classroom. A: As a professor, I always felt that the connections I had with students...

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Jeb Meredith: An Impossible Purpose

Jeb Meredith: An Impossible Purpose

By Sarah Cross ’24 I barely had a high school diploma,” Jeb says. At 57 years old, Jeb Meredith ’18 decided to earn his college degree while living in Peace Park in Houston, Texas. In a tent. He had been homeless since 2001. Jeb grew up in Conroe, Texas, forty miles...

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Izzy Rupp: God’s Design

Izzy Rupp: God’s Design

By Sarah Cross ’24 I remember taking money out of my mom’s purse so we could buy food to eat.” At 10 years old, Izzy Rupp ’25 and her twin sister, Zoey, learned to rely on each other. Together, they would get up, ready, and off to school without any prompting. Their...

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Dr. Dan Gowdy: Following God Wherever He Leads

Dr. Dan Gowdy: Following God Wherever He Leads

For Dan Gowdy ’92, Grace Christian University was always part of his life. His parents, John and Mary Lou Gowdy, partners in marriage and ministry, met when Grace was still Milwaukee Bible Institute. Although Dan’s father, a youth pastor, shepherded countless high...

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Caleb Befus: Change of Plans

Caleb Befus: Change of Plans

As soon as he graduated from high school, Caleb Befus ’12 knew that he wanted to live in the mountains, and certainly in a place much warmer than Michigan—more like where he grew up. Caleb was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, where his parents are missionaries through...

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